Special Needs Students to Receive Refurbished Athletic Cleats Thanks to Islip-based Company Anti3 Protect Series
Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie M. Carpenter and fellow Town Board Member John Cochrane, Jr., were recently joined by representatives of the Bay Shore High School Athletics Department, the nonprofit organization Challenger Athletics, Inc., and Islip-based company Anti3 Protect Series, to announce the official launch of the first annual Cleats for Feets Donation Drive. This campaign will enable residents to drop off used athletic cleats at donation sites at Councilman Cochrane’s office at Islip Town Hall, 655 Main Street, the main lobby of the Town Hall Annex, 401 Main Street, and at Bay Shore High School and Middle School. All donated cleats will first be cleaned and disinfected before being donated to any child in need in Bay Shore Schools.
The donation drive has been made possible thanks to the partnership among Bay Shore School District’s Athletes Helping Athletes, Challenger Athletics, Inc., the Town of Islip, and Anti3 Protect Series – a locally-founded company that makes products such as hair and body wash and equipment spray, formulated to protect against skin infections and diseases.
Members of Bay Shore School District’s Athletes Helping Athletes are promoting the pilot program in the district, and will collect all donations made to the schools, while Islip native and company founder Chris Ferrara and his partner Dean Spinato of Anti3, will collect the cleats from the Islip Town Hall locations. All donated cleats will then be cleaned and disinfected before being donated to Challenger Athletics, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose goals are to develop social skills, build self-esteem and increase community awareness through sports such as lacrosse and tennis, for distribution throughout the Bay Shore School District.
Upon learning of the pilot program, Supervisor Carpenter and Councilman Cochrane unanimously agreed that it was a worthwhile initiative that the Town should support, and offered Town Hall and its Annex to serve as official donation sites.
“It is programs such as these that can really make a difference in a child’s life,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “We applaud everyone who has been instrumental in organizing this effort, and encourage our residents to think twice before they discard cleats that their children have outgrown, and instead, stop by Town Hall to donate them.”
“I have seen first-hand the positive impact that Challenger Athletics has had on a number of special needs children, so when I learned about the Cleats for Feets Pilot Program, I immediately wanted to get involved,” explained Councilman Cochrane. “The donation box will be in my office, and I look forward to overflowing donations.”
Ferrara, a life-long Islip resident and 1996 graduate of Islip High School, along with Spinato, spearheaded the Cleats for Feets Drive, which they say, is different from other donation drives. While both supported the concept of reusing athletic cleats, Ferrara and Spinato realized that the shoes were a haven for spreading bacteria and funguses.
“We knew we could make it better,” Ferrara said. “Being in the business of reducing germs, we knew that donating shoes as is could pose a problem, as it is handing off bacteria and fungus with the equipment. We believed that our products were a perfect resolution to this problem, and began laying the ground work to create our own cleat drive. I am extremely excited at the response we are getting from not just the community, but from the officials here in the Town of Islip. To be able to work with the Town to help members of our community is truly a blessing. This program will help a lot of children in need.”
“We are very excited to be part of this new initiative that will benefit kids and make a positive impact on the environment through recycling, “ said Ted Nagengast, Department Chair of Bay Shore High School Athletics. Our student-athletes will see first-hand, the benefits of their community service, along with helping to reduce the impact on landfills.”
“As a program in its early stages of development, we are always looking for new opportunities to raise awareness in regards to the Special Needs community,” said Raymond Samson of Challenger Athletics, Inc. “The Bay Shore School District has been with us from the start and now it is great to join forces with the Town of Islip and Anti3 Protect Series as well.”
Councilman Cocrhane added, “This can be the start of an annual drive, and hopefully this program can spread throughout long Island.”
Donated cleats will be collected from the various location sites until March 30th.
For more information about Cleats for Feets, visit www.anti3protectseries.com.